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Attack of the Ladybugs. On top of Centennial Cone, Colorado.

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DebUGH!

Deb

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What the hell is going on there?! NASTY!! And they DO bite, don't they?!
Posted Aug 3, 2007 2:57 pm

Jeremy HakesRe: UGH!

Jeremy Hakes

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Actually, I have a thought or two here - I think they were making whoopee, and I'm guessing that they hibernate here and come out/hatch in the spring as well - I've seen hordes like this before, but not anything like this.
Posted Aug 3, 2007 3:02 pm

Jeremy HakesRe: UGH!

Jeremy Hakes

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Oh, and I forgot - no, they don't bite. At least not people. :) They do a marvelous job on aphids, though. :)
Posted Jun 10, 2008 2:40 pm

lcarreauJeremy ..

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Greetings. I've seen this same
thing happen on Rincon Peak, just
east of Tucson, Arizona. You're
right, it's connected to mating
and changes in the seasons.
Posted Jun 10, 2008 2:27 pm

Jeremy HakesRe: Jeremy ..

Jeremy Hakes

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Strange - the more peaks I'm on, the more I see it. :) Almost always below 10K', and definitely seasonal (fall/spring).
Posted Jun 10, 2008 2:42 pm

lcarreauRe: Jeremy ..

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Ladybugs won't fly if the temperature
is below 55 degrees (F). Also, some
species are migratory and form 'aggregations'
during the migratory period in fall/spring.
Kind of like swarms of bees. Cool stuff!
Posted Jun 10, 2008 3:02 pm

cp0915Seen 'em like that before

cp0915

Voted 10/10

on the summit of Kendrick Peak (10,418 feet) in northern AZ. Thousands of them.
Posted Jun 10, 2008 3:00 pm

lcarreauRe: Seen 'em like that before

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Yes, I need to get up there to
the Flagstaff area. It was 94 degrees
in Payson yesterday! Time to spread my
wings and fly north.
Posted Jun 10, 2008 3:05 pm

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Jeremy HakesSubmitted by Jeremy Hakes
on Aug 3, 2007 2:39 pm

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Lat/Lon: 39.75115°N / 105.33631°W
Object Title: Ladybugs

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